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  • AFMC championing diversity, inclusion across the mission set

    As the Department of the Air Force conducts a service-wide review of diversity and inclusion, the Air Force Materiel Command is also taking a look at these issues across the command, with a focus on the overall work climate, barriers to opportunities and identifying areas requiring support and corrective action.
  • Wildland Fire pros battle fire season despite COVID-19

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Wildland Fire Branch hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic stop it from protecting Airmen and their families as well as wildlife during this year’s severe fire season. Along with the pandemic, some installations have had to cope with the threat of wildfires damaging training areas and shutting down bombing ranges. In an effort to continue its mission, the Wildland Fire program reprioritized its goals for the year and enacted COVID-19 safety protocols for its firefighters to follow.
  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    With a projected record-setting hurricane season in the making, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate is once again urging the Air Force community to “be ready” for natural disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 could include 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – six of which are likely to be classified as major hurricanes.
  • Environmental Assessment gives Tyndall green light to rebuild into ‘Installation of the Future’

    After receiving a devastating hit from Category 5 Hurricane Michael a year and a half ago, Tyndall Air Force Base is now set to purge the last of its significantly damaged facilities and start rebuilding from the ground up. To reach this vital starting point, the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Program Management Office and Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center collaborated to complete the Tyndall AFB Programmatic Environmental Assessment.
  • AFCAP V increases field assistance

    The Air Force recently awarded an eight-year, $6.4 billion contingency support contract to eight firms. The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, or AFCAP, is a rapid response contingency contract tool managed and serviced through the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center enterprise. This is the fifth consecutive contingency contract for AFCAP.
  • Virtual PMO continues progress toward ‘Installation of the Future’

    Telework had always been a tool of flexibility and a privilege for Lt. Col. Shayla CantySmith. Today, due to health advisories from the recent COVID-19, telework is critical for CantySmith and the entire 25-person Tyndall Program Management Office to continue delivering the “Installation of the Future” for the nation.
  • Pilot study aims to save money, protect environment with fewer oil changes

    A simple change in Air Force oil change procedures may save the Air Force over $1 million per year, while also helping protect the environment. Current regulatory drivers require installations to analyze the oil in small engines, including generators, annually and replace the oil completely at least every two years. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Environmental Quality Technical Support Branch is currently leading a pilot study that evaluates the use of a standardized oil testing service to provide enhanced analytics and, ideally, allow for longer oil use.
  • PMO Engineers thrive with ‘once in a lifetime’ billion-dollar rebuild

    The $4.25 billion rebuild of Tyndall Air Force Base may seem like an overwhelming task to some, but for three Air Force civil engineer captains at the heart of the Program Management Office, the project presents a once in a lifetime opportunity. As project managers for the PMO, and as part of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Capt. Zach Bierhaus, Capt. Kyle Kowalchuk and Capt. Will Page are charged with finding solutions to the many potential issues that could affect the Air Force’s on-going efforts to develop the Florida base as the “Installation of the Future.”
  • Air Force Works with Project Owners to Protect Health of Airmen and Families Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    With the evolving COVID-19 situation, privatized housing project owners have assured the Air Force that emergency and urgent workorders should and will continue to be addressed while routine maintenance has been temporarily suspended for many privatized projects. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is coordinating with each project owner for their specific plan on minimizing social interaction and increasing social distancing at their projects while maintenance is being performed in Airmen’s homes and during leasing operations.
  • Air Force committed to supporting benefits of Tenant Bill of Rights

    Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and the service secretaries signed the Tenant Bill of Rights Feb. 25, empowering residents with processes to receive information, assistance, advocacy and insight into the housing maintenance work order processes.
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